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Foodbank's £5000 boost from Udny ceilidh

By Kirsty Brown

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Aberdeenshire North Foodbank has welcomed a substantial donation from the organisers of a village event.

Under the name of AbFab Fundraising, Jeannie Price and Louise Macgregor raised £5400 for the food bank with a Burns supper and ceilidh in Udny Green.

Now in its second year, the event pulls together entertainment from local talent and has raised almost £11,000 for the Aberdeenshire North Foodbank already.

The pair decided to revive a Burns celebration in the village after 20 years without one, and it is proving to be a sell-out date in the village’s event calendar.

Food bank. Picture: Phil Harman
Food bank. Picture: Phil Harman

Speaking on the continued success of their fundraiser, Jeannie said: “Not only did we enjoy a fantastic evening of first-rate entertainment, but we are thrilled to have succeeded in raising another fabulous amount.

“Louise and I are blown away by the generosity of local businesses and individuals in supporting our raffle and we are hugely grateful to Udny Community Trust for their support and to Alasdair Macleod Builders for their continued sponsorship.”

In 2019 the North Aberdeenshire food bank fed more than 5200 people in crisis, with the creation of 2621 emergency three-day food parcels.

The Aberdeenshire North Foodbank is part of the Trussell Trust’s national network of food banks, and has centres in Ellon, Huntly and Peterhead. The food bank also distributes emergency three-day food parcels to the wider north Aberdeenshire community.

The first food bank in the area was established in Inverurie’s Harlaw Centre in 2013, and as demand for the service has grown, so has the charity.

Last year the Ellon Foodbank Centre was delighted to settle in a long-term premises after years of moving from site to site thanks to fantastic support from Ellon Baptist Church.

The service is now located in the former Ythan Centre.

Most of the food handed out to people in crisis by the food banks is donated by members of the public, and many food banks across the country have suffered as a result of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, with the number of donations dropping.

Many supermarkets offer drop-off points for food bank donations. Items always in demnd include UHT milk, long-life fruit juice, tinned food, instant mash, pasta and jars of pasta sauce, rice, cereal, tea and coffee as well as non-food essentials such as toiletries and pet food.

Food bank recipients are referred to the service by frontline care professionals such as doctors, social workers and school liason officers.

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